Become a Guest Editor

BMJ welcomes proposals for Special Issues across our journals. Special Issues are intended to attract high quality articles in areas of current interest, new emerging areas or deeper investigations in existing areas.

As a Guest Editor, you will curate a Special Issue around a specific topic, operating at the forefront of your field. Additional benefits of being a Guest Editor are outlined in the following section.

If you are interested in becoming a Guest Editor, please feel free to contact us at We can answer any queries you may have and provide you with support to develop a Special Issue proposal.

Benefits of being a Guest Editor
    • Promote a new emerging area of research in your field and create a lasting resource.
    • Demonstrate leadership and shape the future of your field.
    • Gain editorial experience with full support from a dedicated team throughout the Editorial process.
    • Strengthen and grow your networks by inviting key experts to submit to the Special Issue
Responsibilities of a Guest Editor

BMJ will actively promote Special Issues through our marketing channels to attract submissions from relevant authors. To ensure the success of Special Issues, Guest Editors should also promote their Special Issue directly to colleagues, at conferences, meetings, on social media and through any other appropriate channels. The Content Development team at BMJ can provide you with support and guidance with promoting your Special Issue.

Additional responsibilities for Guest Editors include:

  • Managing the peer review process of manuscripts submitted to the Special Issue, inviting reviewers and making a recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief so that they can make their final decision.
  • Ensuring quality of articles through rigorous peer review in line with the normal processes of the journal. Guest Editors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest relating to submitting authors and/or submitted manuscripts. For more information, please see the Competing Interests section of the Editor Roles & Responsibilities Section.
  • Once all submissions are published, Guest Editors will write an Editorial to introduce the Special Issue. This will be exempt from an Article Processing Charge (APC).